NORTH FORSYTH — In a departure from recent applications, Forsyth County’s planning board soon may recommend a niche in District 5 be rezoned to Residential 2.
According to Robert Hoyt, the application may be the first Res-2 — the second-lowest density zoning for single family residential districts — he’s seen since being appointed to the board in January 2014.
Although that was not officially confirmed, no one at Tuesday’s work session disagreed.
District 5, which Hoyt represents, borders Lake Lanier and runs from the Chattahoochee River around Sharon Elementary to Browns Bridge Road. It has seen the least growth in recent years as incoming developments have focused on the county’s south and west ends.
The application was filed by Mark Corkery, who asked to rezone about 5 acres from an agricultural district, or A1, to build nine lots with a density of 1.8 units per acre.
The Echols Road property is nestled in the Chattahoochee River Club, just west of the river near Lower Pool Park.
Hoyt pitched a potential minimum lot size of 18,500 square feet and no communal amenities due to the small number of homes. He said he believed the homes would be on city of Cumming utilities.
Because of the larger lot size, he hopes some trees can be saved instead of the builder clear-cutting the area.
Another Res-2 subdivision that has begun development may see a neighborhood pop up next door.
Application ZA3714 requested to rezone about 39 acres adjacent to Williams Point off Pleasant Grove Road — District 4 in north Forsyth — from A1 to Res 3.
The area would be reserved for 97 homes with a density of 2.48 units per acre.
Williams Point has about 60 lots with a minimum lot size of 18,500 square feet. Nearly half have been developed, a resident told officials.
He said residents are concerned the property owner, who owns both his neighborhood and the proposed property, intends to create one large subdivision by turning two Williams Point lots into a combining road.
Although this was not confirmed, the discussion may play out at a public hearing meeting Jan. 27. Neither the board members nor the applicant’s attorney, Josh Scoggins at Miles, Hansford & Tallant, had heard of that intention.
However, there was no public participation for or against the rezoning. Scoggins said this may be explained by the fact that notice of the meeting — which takes place before the work session and is separate from the subsequent public hearing — was sent to the property owner of each lot according to tax records. Those may not have been updated if homeowners purchased the property in 2014.
The board was informed that, as Williams Point is a new subdivision, most homeowners moved in last year.
Two required signs informing residents of the meeting were set up, officials said, but not on the road of the neighborhood’s entrance.
The board may make its recommendation to the county commission on both proposals Jan. 27. If so, the commission likely will hear the applications Feb. 19.